Joni Ernst

09/16/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/16/2021 07:40

Ernst, Hinson Lead Call for Congress to Honor American Heroes of Afghanistan War

WASHINGTON - In the aftermath of the chaotic end to operations in Afghanistan, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a combat veteran of the Global War on Terror and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) are calling for Congress to recognize and honor those men and women who fought in America's Global War on Terror in Afghanistan and whose selfless sacrifice and efforts helped keep our nation safe.

The Iowa lawmakers are leading a bicameral resolution affirming that 'the peace the United States has experienced over the last twenty years is a direct result of the actions of the brave members of our Armed Forces, diplomats, and humanitarians' and that their service 'is something to be remembered, lauded, and honored.'

'I know there are so many fellow veterans who are hurting out there as they see the horrific images that have come out of the disastrous exit from Afghanistan - I've heard from a number of them personally,' said Senator Joni Ernst. 'I want them to know that America is grateful for their service; that I am grateful for their service. It is because of these heroes' brave and selfless actions that our nation has been kept safe for two decades. We must never forget their sacrifice.'

'Amid the horrible chaos that has ensued in Afghanistan, there is one certainty: America is safer because of those who bravely answered the call to serve and protected our nation from terrorist threats over the last twenty years,' said Congresswoman Ashley Hinson. 'I hope that every veteran knows that to Iowans, they are heroes, and nothing will ever diminish their service or sacrifice. I want to thank Senator Joni Ernst, a veteran of the Global War on Terror, for her leadership on this issue and I am proud to work alongside her to ensure veterans who may be struggling have the resources they need right now.'

This legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Representatives Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) and Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa), among others.